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Samsung and AT&T could soon offer one-time exchange for water damaged Galaxy S4 Active handsets

What happens when your waterproof handset ends up damaged due to exposure to water? While conventional warranties don't cover the situation, AT&T and Samsung may soon be offering a one-time exchange for water-damaged Galaxy S4 Active handsets.
August 6, 2013
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According to Murphy’s law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” – and how!

What happens if you are a Galaxy S4 Active owner and things go wrong when exposing your little darling to water? Unfortunately, conventional warranties don’t cover water damage. The good news is that AT&T and Samsung may soon be offering an exchange program for those that run into water-related trouble, at least if an unnamed tipster reporting to PhoneArena proves correct.

In order to give their customers extra piece of mind, AT&T looks to be teaming up with Samsung to replace damaged devices with new Galaxy S4 Active handsets. The only catch is that this is a one time deal – after that, you’re on your own. The source claims that the details of this arrangement come from an internal menu over at AT&T, though no word on when the plan will go into effect.

So why are AT&T and Samsung offering the program so late into the game, when the phone has already been on sale for a while? It’s hard to say for sure, though high-profile reports of water damage could certainly have urged AT&T to offer some kind of extra protection for the S4 Active in order to better protect the device’s reputation.

With word of the program now hitting the web, it’s probably only a matter of time before AT&T and/or Samsung confirms it, at least if the news really is more than just a rumor. In the meantime, it’s always a good idea to get some kind of insurance plan on your device, especially when you plan on regularly dunking your phone in liquids.